Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House
I just don't think this lady has enough experience to write such a memoir. A lot of it was about funniest moments in comedy that she wanted to recount. This should be more of a podcast. She's no Tina Fey (yet?).
She keeps the listener engaged by varying up the style and content. Sometimes she is reading off a list with sassy asides; sometimes she is describing long stories; sometimes she is presenting more typical stand up comedy material.
She's hilarious, knew that going in, but she blows the reader away with a lot of personal stories that are quite relatable. I've bookmarked the section on best friend code of conduct and have played it for my friends...so spot on! Ridiculous stuff that I didn't expect like being a nanny for some rich family in the city, saying the wrong thing in professional situations, etc.,
Mindy, duh! But I like the myriad of voices she employs when narrating dialogue by someone else.
The whole thing is such a pick me up that it is now my go-to when I'm feeling kind of low. Sometimes I fast forward to a random chapter and I am never disappointed with where it lands. I've enjoyed listening to some parts over again and catching new details. I'm not usually one to re-read books, and I've never bookmarked chapters in an audiobook before, but this book made me want to revisit her stories for some comic relief and insight.
I loved this book; it was light hearted and hilarious. Everything I expected it to be and more. I'm also in my early 30s - very nice to hear her thoughts on men and know that I am not alone in my crazy dating experiences. Even better, it was great to hear someone say they still believe in and want a good old fashion relationship where people get married to someone who is a friend for life and grow old together! Sorta sad that that part was refreshing. Made me laugh a lot! :)
Top 3, for sure!
The realness shared is amazing, and it's delivered in the most hilarious way possible. I love a girl who can make fun of herself!
Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.
Probably not. Some sections are funny , most is missed comedy. Mindy Kaling although fun on TV, does not come through in her own book. It's all somewhat flat!
nothing, someone else should have read the book
would not recommend
Yes, it is funny and insightful. The fact that it is read by Mindy, makes the listener appreciate the content even more. One can feel a true connection to her writing.
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
I enjoy reading. I live in my car. I hope to laugh, think and reflect. Hoping audible helps me get there.
It was so easy to listen to. Mindy was easy to listen to and her stories are entertaining.
She is just so real..
Yes but I had to be a parent sometimes.
Mindy, if you read this, we should hang out.
I love reading. For a long time, I snubbed audio books like so many others. How wrong and misguided I was.
Honest and relatable
Great performance. It was like I was sitting next to her as she told me about her life.
Laughed out loud while at work
I enjoyed Mindy's funny personality, it was like listening to a friend tell me funny stories! If you're in the mood for a light, easy listen this book is for you.
Say something about yourself!
I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this book! Mindy is a hoot. She is just like her character in The Mindy Project. You will be at the very least giggling every minute you listen. A real nice bonus is she narrates the book herself.
Where Are You, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea! - Same humor (sometimes dry, dark, inappropriate, etc.).
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